Day in history for February 19, 2004

1854 -- 150 years ago
The Chicago Democratic Press boasts that Chicago now has 3,000 miles of railroad entering that city, and that Chicago has not paid one dollar to help build any railway. The Argus replies that Chicago should be ashamed to say that it has not bought stock in the railroads that small towns all along the way are paying for.

1879 -- 125 years ago
Rock Island saloons were well picketed yesterday by committees from the churches.

1904 -- 100 years ago
With the first promise of spring, all is activity at the New Shops (Silvis). One contractor has staked out 20 houses. Plans are ready for a three-story hotel. There's even talk of an opera house for the new railroad town.

1929 -- 75 years ago
Eulalia Herman, 16, Rock Island, won acclaim as a piano soloist with the Tri-City Symphony Orchestra.

1954 -- 50 years ago
Mrs. Gust Thormann, 3804 22nd Ave., Rock Island, likes The Argus. Her favorite evening past time is sitting in her easy chair and reading the paper from front page to back. Her interest in The Argus has resulted in an unusual collection. It is a coffee can full of receipts from Argus carrier boys dating from March 14, 1942.

1979 -- 25 years ago
A roaming pack of large dogs attacked two persons in East Moline in separate incidents late Wednesday and early this morning. Animal Control Officer Earl Burklund said dog packs have become a serious problem in the past 10 days, apparently because it's the mating season.

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1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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